September 20 2019

Weekly Link Love — Edition 47

By Mark Sisson
31 Comments

Research of the Week

Anemia during the first 30 weeks of pregnancy raises the risk of autism and ADHD in the offspring.

Alzheimer’s patients who ate 20 grams of medium chain triglycerides every day—with no other changes—improved cognitive function.

Introverts experience increased well-being when they act like extroverts.

Panic: you feel it in the bones?

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 374: Dude Spellings Part 2: Host Brad Kearns welcomes Dude back to the podcast to talk about destroying self-limiting beliefs and flawed childhood programming, and what it was like crossing the Grand Canyon on no food.

Episode 375: Dr. Andrew Weil, MD: Host Elle Russ chats with the world-famous international expert on medicinal plants, integrative medicine, and overall wellness.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

The expensive, innovative new peanut allergy drug is just peanut flour.

Turns out releasing GMO mosquitoes into the environment wasn’t such a great idea.

Interesting Blog Posts

The chess grandmaster diet.

Social Notes

Ab training.

NFL athletes who went vegan.

Everything Else

Elephants are pretty great.

Bee hives should be more Primal.

Imagine the oxalates.

Treating Alzheimer’s with EMF headsets.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Phrase I love: Food is more than the sum of its parts.

Article I enjoyed: Why alternative meats are not the answer for poorer countries (or anyone).

I was saddened, but not surprised: Indigenous group known for their pristine metabolic health begins gaining weight only when they start cooking with vegetable oil.

Video you should send around: Low Carb Diets and Mortality.

Older article I returned to: Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You.

Question I’m Asking

What are some examples where heeding the lessons of evolution or the ancestral environment is not helpful?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Sep 15– Sep 21)

Comment of the Week

“Is there anything more thrilling than seeing your question in a ‘Dear Mark’ post.

Maybe skydiving.”

– Ha, Sam!

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  1. I’ve been thinking a lot about the stress response, and how hard we have to work against what we’ve adapted to do. I think the name of the game is learning to control the response to the stress response to get it back in check. I don’t need the physiological response that a charging puma would cause every time my boss wants to talk to me or I get stuck in traffic.

    I’m grateful for the ability to check that, but I’d also appreciate the response being more proportional.

  2. Cue up the introverts disagreeing with the well-being, when they act like extroverts!

    1. You’re right. I’m an introvert and I disagree with the synopsis of that study. Not paying to read the rest of it.

    2. I’ll disagree with it. I’m not going to pay $11 to read the methodology, but here is a synopsis I got online:

      “To act extroverted the researchers instructed them to be: talkative, assertive, spontaneous.” They did this for a week.

      This starts from a faulty premise — that introversion and being shy/socially awkward are the same thing. They’re not.

      Most introverts have the ability to be talkative, assertive, engaged, and social … for a limited amount of time, then the energy drain begins, sometimes leading to depression-like symptoms, irritability, fatigue, etc. (I’ve learned from experience that 2-3 hours is that limit for me.)

      Just as it would be cruel to make extroverts spend all day alone, it’s pretty callous to expect introverts to change their personalities.

      1. That’s so right, Margaret. At times, you can’t shut us up. But too much is terribly draining, not energizing. It’s not about shyness…

    3. I think the problem with extroverts, like me, is that we regularly stumble and say something dumb. Then we spend hours telling ourselves it was a learning experience… Introverts have it easy. Still I’d rather stumble and have the courage to get up, apologize and move on than stay in a silent bubble and risk nothing other than loneliness. I try to make up for my gaffes by trying to be helpful. Those who get all bunched up from one of my gaffes have no perspective, so why should I worry about them?

  3. I won’t deny the connection between those NFL performances and their vegan diets, because their is certainly a correlation, but wasn’t Kapernick out mostly due to political pressure? No teams wanted to touch him because his protests made him a PR liability.

  4. Re: The MCT Alzheimer’s study; does that have to be pure MCT oil or will coconut oil work just as well? Also, if I use coconut oil how much would equal 20g of MCT?
    Thank you.

  5. Agreed Mark! You can find all sorts of goodies at Korean/Asian markets! My little hometown has a very small Asian market. I went there for the first time last weekend, and learned they put on a demonstration cooking class each Saturday! The owner told me she demonstrates how to cook something from her store (a food item that many of us locals wouldn’t have a clue how to use and/or cook with). I haven’t gone yet,but I’m looking forward to learning about new ingredients and how to cook with them!

      1. Thanks for mentioning that. I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without looking for blood. There’s a Fillipino stew that is thickened with it. And there are sausages I miss from my childhood that I’d like to try making.

  6. In response to your Sunday with Sisson and markets finds, I like to go to a local store Indian market for my spices. They have container and bulk organic spices for super cheap. I just bought a shaker of organic garam masala for $2.49! I get all my spices there now! They also carry a lot of organic produce that is even a better deal than the farmers market! And thanks for the tip about the butane stove! I’ve been wondering where to get one.

  7. My hands-down favorite from an ethnic market?

    Pomegranate molasses! It’s Turkish and adds a tangy zing to marinades, salad dressings, sauces. . .

    It is thick and not sweet. A little goes a long way. Marinate your next lamb kebobs with a pom molasses marinade and you’ll see what I mean.

    1. My sister introduced me to that – she lives in Turkey! It can often come with added sugar – the non-sugar stuff is extremely tart! So good mixed in a dressing!

  8. Like I always love your articles and you have such awesome advice. this is a great story too. And I know you are a bigger animal eater, and for the most part so Ian I.But I just have to let you know , before you advocate it, that eating octopus is like eating a dog, they are probably more intelligent than most dogs.
    Their meat I know is excellent, and I’m sure that dog meat is also excellent, but we have to draw the line somewhere.

  9. I buy tamarind paste in the refrigerator section of the Asian market in Traverse City MI. It’s a great sub for tomato paste for nightshade avoiders – there aren’t a lot of foods with that tang and texture. The package label says the seeds have been removed, but I do find there are dense pieces that don’t completely relax into the sauce even with hours of simmering over a low flame. That means a little extra time spent sorting through the paste at the start, or the sauce prior to serving, but that flavor!
    So worth the minimal effort!

  10. My wife bought a whole duck (already plucked) that she made a stew with from the Asian market in Albany NY. Best duck we’ve had.

  11. Yes. The Korean markets are wonderful.
    On some occasions they have Kimchi tastings on Saturday. I go for the eight to ten varieties of mushrooms.

  12. What i was most impressed/interested in at Korean markets?
    The vegetables, melons/fruits, and roots!! What an incredible variety and nutritive level. Regular grocery stores can’t compare!

  13. Not so much now, but I used to play in a lot of chess tournaments. The 4-day ones left me a fair bit lighter than when I started! Frequent stress-induced trips to the bathroom, not wanting to eat anything because I was so focused. I frequently finished those events at least a kg or 3 lighter

  14. Ethnic market finds:

    Well first, it’s easier to explain that you want to buy the fish gutted, but keep the liver in an Asian market than in Whole Foods. (What is up with the WF in my area? The butchers are terrible, and I even live down east, there should be no problems finding blutchers with a brain.)

    I can find fresh pig skin.

    I can buy the chicken feet and “offal” that’s fresh today.

    I can buy old varieties of eggplant and all the okra that money can buy, all fresh, not sad and neglected.

    Frozen amla from an Indian market is a tart delight on a hot day, just let it thaw partially. Could be sweetened if you want, but I don’t.

    Kashmiri hot peppers aren’t very hot, they’re just mildly hot. If you use a coffee grinder to make powder from them, it lasts more than a year and tastes exactly like old world Paprika that I remember from my childhood. Watch out for the pre-ground ones because that’s made for the Indian customers and it’s much hotter than buying the pods and grinding them.

    I recently tried a Preethi grinder which has all sorts of attachments for its blender. However, I think I’d be better off with a Vitamix. It gets out of tune easily and then it takes a techie to get it back to peak operation. Kind of cool though, that you can fix it at home.

    The downside of ethnic for me is that it can be hard to find organic options there. However, the largest Asian market has an organic section, so that aspect is getting better.

    1. One more: I can find bitter vegetables, like bitter melon and bitter gourd. (Melon has a lumpy skin, gourd has a spiky skin.)

      One bitter gourd in a pan with a bunch of greens, you won’t even taste it. Cook it separately and you’ll see why it’s called “bitter.”

      Love it though.

  15. “Older article I returned to: Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You.”

    Interesting. But if you’re Keto, then the ROS coming from mitochondria is reduced by a huge amount, I’d guess around 80-90%. So I’m not sure their theory is very good, that ROS are beneficial always. Oxidation/Reduction is necessary but when you get too much of something, and it’s out of control, then it damages the body. And you can’t possibly avoid antioxidants in food, so saying that antioxidants are doing more harm than good is like saying, don’t eat anything, ever.

    We take antioxidants today because the variety of food that we have is all bred to be large, sweet and low in the antioxidants that give them strong flavors. Just try and old variety of eggplant, or a bitter gourd from an ethnic market and you’ll see how we’ve changed foods to suit our spoiled palates. As a more American example, there’s no such thing as a crabapple. That’s just a type of apple that isn’t yet bred to be super sweet and mild in flavor. If you have a “crabapple” tree in your yard, take a few and try it. It will be more like granny smith X 10.

    The antioxidant supplement industry banks on us not going back to old varieties of plants for our antioxidants.

  16. Ethnic markets offer some hard to find (in the mainstream) unprocessed gooddies like real aloe leaf, animal parts and bones, and loads more vegetables like yucca, batata, daishi and plantains.

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  18. One of the new to me items I picked up at an Indian food store was dried fenugreek and dried Persian limes. We made a soup, GHORMEH SABZI, with lamb (we skipped the beans) and it was incredible. A great way to eat up the greens!

    As for mosquitos, I’ve also seen a plot to completely wipe them out. What about the bats and all the night blooming species that they pollinate? There has got to be a way to control disease without wiping out entire ecosystems.

  19. I played on my elementary school chess team (may I add as captain, w00t) and the stress of a tournament was quite tiring and visibly darkened the skin around my eyes temporarily.

  20. So food is a “gestalt” (more than the sum of its parts). I kind of like that word.